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Were the first bombs dropped on civilians?

Discussion in 'Air Warfare' started by Varyag, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Varyag

    Varyag New Member

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    The first bombing raid on November 1 1911 saw an Italian aviator dropping three grenades on the Taguira Oasis and another at Ain Zara. One report I have read claims that these were purely civilian targets, while other claims they were dropped on enemy troops or say nothing about the targets at all. What was the thruth?
     
  2. redcoat

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    While it was the first bombing by an aircraft, it wasn't the first bombing of civilians from the air.
    This occurred on August 22, 1849, the Austrians, who ruled much of Italy during this period, launched some 200 pilotless balloons against the city of Venice, which was in rebellion at the time.
    The balloons were armed with bombs controlled by timed fuses which released the bombs at a set interval.
    Some exploded as planned, but the wind changed direction and blew several balloons back over the Austrian lines.
     
  3. sinissa

    sinissa New Member

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    Nice :lol:
     
  4. Lone Wolf

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    Same problem with gas.
     
  5. majorwoody10

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    yep..pull my finger...no ,wait ...which way is the wind blowing?
     

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